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Plan For Telephones in the Home You Build


Published by Bell Telephone in 1950-- Here is a brochure from Bell Telephone giving advice on "good telephone planning" when you design and build your new home.

Number of Pages: 4
File Size: 4mb
Download Fee: $4.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 Speed Queen Laundry Appliances Brochure
Here is a beautiful brochure for the 1955 line of Speed Queen Automatic Washers, Clothes Dryers, Wringer Washer and Ironers.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Speed Queen
1955 32 60mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1975 Frigidaire Electric Range Tech-Talk Service Manual
Very comprehensive service manual for all 1975 Frigidaire Electric Ranges. Models include:

RS-30, RSE-36, RDG-35, RDG-38, RCDEG-38, RCDEG-37C, RD-15, RDG-20, RDE-20, RCIE-71, RCDG-67V, RGDEG-637V, RCIEG-639CV.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1975 107 76mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1976 Frigidaire Electric Range Tech-Talk Service Manual
Very comprehensive service manual for all 1976 Frigidaire Electric Ranges. Models include:

R-30, RG-35, RGC-35, RE-36, REG-38, REG-37C, REG-637V, REG-639CV, R-42, RGC-45, RE-45, RE-47.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1976 88 51mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Semple Hill Major Appliances Catalog
Here is a pretty cool catalog from Janney-Semple Hill. It contains 140 pages of major appliances offered by the company. Images, features and specifications are included.

Products include:
Electric and Gas Ranges,
Heaters,
Gas and Oil Furnaces,
Water Heaters,
Combination Kitchen Units,
Refrigerator/Freezers,
Automatic Washers and Dryers
Wringer Washers
Vacuum Cleaners,
Radios
Full Catalog
Published by:
Semple Hill
1956 140 123mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 Frigidaire Flair Built in Appliances VIP Publication
Here is a super cool 40 page Vital Information Program publication from Frigidaire highlighting their 1964 and 1965 lines of:

Frigidaire Flair Ranges,
Flair and Standard Wall Ovens,
Cooktops,
Under-counter Dishwashers,
Food Waste Disposers.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1964 40 48mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Filter Queen National Magazine Nov-Dec 1959
Here is a complete issue of Filter Queen's magazine for retailers and distributors of Filter Queen Vacuum Cleaners in the late 1950's.


Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Filter Queen
1959 16 28mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Electrical Merchandising Magazine - November 1954
Electrical Merchandising is a fun magazine to read for any collector or enthusiast of vintage appliances, electronics and other vintage home products. This highly entertaining magazine covered the retail sales and merchandising areas of Major Appliances, Small Appliances, Small Electrics, Radios, Televisions and other electric home products from the mid-20th century. This was the Life and Look Magazine of the appliance world, in the same large size 10x13 format.

Particularly interesting articles in this issue:

What Can You Do With Washer Trade-ins
An Old Technique Sells Modern Dishwashers
An Automatic In Every Home
New Products announces the 1955 Frigidaire Washer and Dryer Line

Automatic Washer Ads in this issue:
Laundry Queen
Easy
Bendix
Maytag
Hotpoint with a window lid!!
ABC-o-Matic
Frigidaire's New low-priced (the Pulsamatic) Laundry Pair
Apex/Tide Detergent
Blackstone

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KitchenAid Dishwashers
Trade Publications
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Electrical Merchandising
1954 248 116mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1969 JCPenny Penncrest Portable Dishwasher Owners Manual
Complete owner's manual and use and care guide to General Electric made Penncrest top-loading dishwashers of the late 1960s.


Dishwashers
Published by:
JCPenny
1969 28 22mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 Frigidaire Dishmobile Use and Care Guide
Here is the operating instructions to the portable version of one of Frigidaire's last spray tube dishwashers. Model DW-DMH


Dishwashers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1964 4 18mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Westinghouse Roll-About Dishwashers Owners Manual
Here is a rare find, complete owners manual to the Westinghouse portable top-loading dishwashers of the late 1950s.

Models include: PDW-103 and PDW-102.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1959 20 13mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1983 Miele Laundry Appliances Catalog
This is a German language catalog highlighting the 1983 Miele line of front-loading and horizontal-access top loading automatic washers, twin-tub washers, clothes dryers, centrifugal extractors and ironers.

Models include:

Washers/Spinners: W784, W783, W780, W770, W760, W753, W751, W484, W481, W480, W475S, W473, WZ257.

Dryers: T388C, T384, T382C, T380, T377C, T370, T368C, T364, T363, T361.

Ironers: B864E, B862E.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Miele
1983 40 69mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1977 Sears Kenmore Dishwasher Brochure
Sales literature brochure which was available in Sears retail stores to highlight their 1977 line of Built in and portable dishwashers. Also included is a second brochure with 18" dishwashers!


Dishwashers
Published by:
Kenmore
1977 8 5mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Philco Electric Range Brochure
Here is a sales literature brochure to beatufiul mid-century styled ranges. Full images and specifications are included for the entire 1960 Philco line.

Models include: SS-4098, SS-4097, SS-4095, SS-4094, SS-4093, SS-3097, SS-3095, SS-3094, SS-3092, SS-2095.

Please note the originals had some minor water damage on them so there are some water spots or slightly blurry spots. However these are still very readable and super fun to look at.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Philco
1960 16 26mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Merchandiser 1975 Vol 2
Here is a fascinating magazine style publication by Maytag highlighting product features and sales literature.

This issue includes:

Introducing new limited time "Drop-In" Maytag Automatic Washers, models A106F, A107B and A407B.

Maytag Advertising Banners

New Value Brochure

Maytag News including: Agitator Shaft Improved, Color Shading Changes, etc.

Maytag Value

The Maytag Dishwasher Belt, an Industry First!

The Maytag Fabric-Matic Automatic Washers, A107 and A407

Know Your Dryer Controls

The Confusion in Care Labels

The Satisfied Customer

The Power Module, The "Helical Drive" of the Dishwasher

Sales Ideas

New Magazine Ads

Service News

Dishwasher Selling Guide

New Maytag Dishwashers with the remarkable Power Module.

Maytag Crossword Puzzle!

New Maytag Indoor Clock
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1975 24 36mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download James and Universal Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is a rare find, it's the complete service manual to all James and Universal (gas range slide-in) dishwashers. Information includes how to properly use the dishwasher, explanation of each component, troubleshooting and complete servicing including wiring diagrams.

Models include: APJ-1, BDL, 9900, 9921, 9902, 9904, 9905, 9906.
Dishwashers
Published by:
James
1956 67 93mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Facts You Should Know About Your New General Electric Disposall
Owners manual and operating instructions for the 1952 GE Food Waste Disposer.


Food Waste Disposers
Published by:
General Electric
1950 12 7mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Philco Automagic Washer Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures for the 1960 line of Philco Automagic Washers. Illustrations and Specifications included.

Models shown: W-208, W-206, W-204, W-202 and W-200.

Please note the originals had some minor water damage on them so there are some water spots or slightly blurry spots. However these are still very readable and super fun to look at.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Philco
1960 14 22mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Philco Duomatic Combination Washer-Dryer Brochure
Here is a wonderful brochure for the Philco's first 27" combination washer/dryer. Illustrations and Specs included for model: CE-794.


Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Philco
1959 4 39mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Philco Automagic Dryer Brochures
Here are some beautiful brochures for the 1960 line of Philco Automagic Dryers. Illustrations and Specifications included.

Models shown: DE-608, DE-606, DE-604, DE-602 and DE-600.

Please note the originals had some minor water damage on them so there are some water spots or slightly blurry spots. However these are still very readable and super fun to look at.
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Philco
1960 10 15mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Early Frigidaire Refrigerator Service Manual Vol-1 1925 to 1936
This is a three volume comprehensive service manual for Frigidaire Refrigerators from the 1920's thru 1951. The set is a fascinating historical look at early Frigidaire home refrigeration.

Volume 1 Covers:
Refrigerators prior to 1933 (Low Side Float System),

1933 to 1936 Reciprocating Models (High Side Float System),

1933 to 1936 Rotary Models (Restrictor System)

Manual contains mechanical and refrigeration theory and primer, model images and specifications, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting and full servicing information.

VOLUME 2 is located here for the 1937-1942.
VOLUME 3 is located here for the post-war models.

Models mentioned in Volume 1:
P-4, AP-5, AP-6, AP-7-1, AP-7-2, AP-9, AP-12, AP-18, B-5, B-5-2, B-9, B-15, D-4, D-5, D-6, D-7-2, D-9, D-12, L-5, LP-5, M-5, M-5-2, M-7, M-9, M-12, M-15, MP-5, MP-7, MP-9, MP-12, MP-15, P-9, P-15, PT-5, T-5, TP-5, V-5, EE-5, VP-5, I, G-3, G-4, GR-4, G-5, G-6, MC-9, MC-12, W-3, W-4, W-5, W-6, W-8, W-10, W-12, W-18, WP-7, WP-8, WP-10, WP-13, WA-3, WPA-3, AHM-3330, AHM-4830, AHM-4840, AHM-5340, AHM-5750, ML-37, ML-48, ML-64, ML-4837, ML-4848, ML-5764, ML-4, ML-5, ML-6, ML-4840, ML-4850, ML-5760, S-4, S-5, S-6, WP-4, WP-5, WP-6, WP-18, SD-4, SD-6, S-4840, S-4850, S-5760, SL-43, SL-63, SL-73.
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1951 184 177mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Early Frigidaire Refrigerator Service Manual Vol-2 1937 to 1942
This is a three volume comprehensive service manual for Frigidaire Refrigerators from the 1920's thru 1951. The set is a fascinating historical look at early Frigidaire home refrigeration.

Volume 2 Covers:
Rotary Compressor Analysis
Miscellanous and Supplimentary Information
Full descriptions of 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942 model refrigerators.

Manual contains mechanical and refrigeration theory and primer, model images and specifications, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting and full servicing information.

VOLUME 1 is located here for the earliest models.
VOLUME 3 is located here for the post-war models.

Models mentioned in Volume 2:
1937 Refrigerators:
Dulux Finished Cabinets
D 3-37 Master 4-37
DRS 5-37 Master 5-37
DRS 6-37 Master 6-37
DRS 7-37 Master 7-37
Master 8-37
Porcelain Finished Cabinets
DeLuxe 5-37 DeLuxe 8-37
DeLuxe 6-37 Imperial '37
DeLuxe 7-37

1938 Refrigerators:
Dulux Finished Refrigerators
D3
TD3
Special S-38
Special 6-38
Special 7-38
Master 4-38
Master S-38
Master 6-38
Master 7-38
Master 8-38
Porcelain Finished Refrigerators
DeLuxe S-38 Imperial
DeLuxe 6-38
DeLuxe 7-38 WP-19
DeLuxe 8-38

1939 Refrigerators:
DA Model Refrigerators:
TDA-3
DA-3
DA-4
Super Value 6-39.
Special Model Refrigerators:
Special 5-39
Special 6-39
Master Model Refrigerators :
Master 4-39
Master 5-39
Master 6-39
Master 8-39
Cold-Wall Model Refrigerators:
Cold-Wall 6-39
(Dulux Exterior)
Cold-Wall8-39
(Dulux Exterior)
Cold-Wall5-39
(Porcelain Exterior}
Cold-Wall 6-39
(Porcelain Exterior)
Cold-Wall8-39
(Porcelain Exterior)
Cold-Wall Imperial and WP-19.

1940 Refrigerators:
Table Top Model:
TDB-3
Super Value Refrigerators:
sv 3
SV4
sv 6-40
sv 8-40
Master Refrigerators:
M 5-40
M 6-40
DeLuxe Refrigerators:
D 5-40
D 6-40
Cold-Wall Master Refrigerators:
CWM 5-40
CWM 6-40
Cold-Wall DeLuxe Refrigerators:
CWD 6-40
CWD 8-40
Cold-Wall Imperial Refrigerators:
CWI 6-40
CWI 8-40
CWI 13
WP-19

1941 Refrigerators:
1941 "S" and "R" Model Refrigerators:
(See Table I-VI.)
S 3 (Flat top only) See 1940 TDB-3
S 4
S 6-41
R 6-41
1941 "M" and "L" Model Refrigerators:
(See Table 2-VI)
M 6-41
MP 6-41
L 6-41
L 8-41
1941 Cold-Wall Model Refrigerators:
(See Table 3-VI)
C 6-41
CP 6-41 c 9-41
CD 6-41
CPD 6-41
CPD 9-41
CPD 13-41
WP 19

1942 Refrigerators
AH 6
S 7-42
M7-42
M P7-42
D 7-42
DP 7-42
D 9-42
CD 7-42
CPD 7-42
CPD 9-42
CPD 13
WP 19

Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1951 177 182mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Early Frigidaire Refrigerator Service Manual Vol-3 1945 to 1951
This is a three volume comprehensive service manual for Frigidaire Refrigerators from the 1920's thru 1951. The set is a fascinating historical look at early Frigidaire home refrigeration.

Volume 3 Covers:
Full descriptions of 1945-47 I-Line Refrigerators, 1947-1948 J-Line Refrigerators, 1949 K-Line Refrigerators, 1950 M-Line Refrigerators and 1951 O-Line Refrigerators.

This volume is meant to be used with VOLUME 2 which covers more in-depth theory and servicing of rotary compressor models.

VOLUME 1 is located here for the earliest models.

Manual model images and specifications, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting and full servicing information.

Models mentioned:
1945-1946-1947 Refrigerators:
AHI-4
DI-7
CDI-9
AHI-6
DPI-7
CPDI-7
SI-7
DI-9
CPDI-9
MI-7
CDI-7

1948 Refrigerators:
AJ-6
SJ-6
MJ-6
MJ-7
MJ-9
MJ-11
DJ-7
DJ-9
DJ-11
CIJ-10

1949 Refrigerators:
ML-77
ML-93
DL-70
AL-60
ML-60
ML-77P
ML-93P
ML-115
DL-7
DL-86
DL-86P
DL-105
IL-80
IL-100


1950 Refrigerators:
AM-43,
AM-43F
DM-90
DM-90P
DM-107
DM-107P
MM-92
MM-110
AM-60
MM-74
MM-74P
MM-76
MM-76P
SM-60
SM-76
SM-76P
IM-80
IM-100
1M-lOOP

1951 Refrigerators:
AO-43 Apartment House, 4.3 cu. ft.
AO-43F Apartment House, 4.3 cu. ft., Flat Top
AO-60 Apartment House, 6 cu. ft.
SO-60 Standard, 6 cu. ft.
SO-73 Standard, 7.3 cu. ft.
SO-82 Standard, 8.2 cu. ft.
SO-92 Standard, 9.2 cu. ft.
SO-110 Standard, 11 cu. ft.
MO-71 Master, 7.1 cu. ft.
MO-81 Master, 8.1 cu. ft.
MO-81P Master, 8.1 cu. ft. Porcelain
DO-90 Deluxe, 9 cu. ft.
DO-90P Deluxe, 9 cu. ft. Porcelain
DO-107 Deluxe, 10.7 cu. ft.
IO-80 Imperial, 8 cu. ft.
IO-100 Imperial, 10 cu. ft.
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1951 177 182mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1948 Westinghouse Laundromat Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and use and care guide to the 1948 Westinghouse Laundromat. I believe this was the first Westinghouse front-loading washer model to incorporate a single door design.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1948 40 21mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Frigidaire Imperial Washer Owners Manual
Here is a special edition of the 1956 Frigidaire washer owners manual. It was made specifically for the Imperial Unimatic model, WI-56.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1956 24 14mb $5.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1953 General Electric Washer and Dryer owners manual
Carefree Washdays the GE Way! Complete owners manual and use/care guide to both the 1953 General Electric automatic washer and clothes dryer.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1953 68 30mb $5.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 Sylvania Radios
Complete brochure with beautiful images and specifications for the entire 1955 line of Sylvania Clock radios, Table radios, Portable radios and Hi-Fidelity Phonographs.


Radio/Record Players
Published by:
Sylvania
1955 22 26mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download A Remarkable Advance in Commercial Washers
Maytag Coin-op/Ticket-op washer brochure. "Now your customers can launder any washable fabric... even wool... just by setting one dial!


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1974 4 4mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download KitchenAid 4 Series Top Loading Portable Dishwasher Service Manual
Comprehensive service manual for all 4 Series KitchenAid top loading dishwashers. These are the last top loading models with the cast iron wash arm. Models include KD-4P and KDY-4P. Sections include General Information, Cycle Description, Servicing Instructions, Service Tips, Schematic Wiring, Timer Sequence Charts.


Dishwashers
Published by:
KitchenAid
1963 24 17mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Norge Plus Capacity Automatic Washer Training Guide
Here is the complete training guide produced by Norge when they introduced their brand new line of large capacity automatic washers. Sections include: complete specifications for each model, cycle and water usage chart, parts and descriptions along with complete servicing information. Models highlighted: AWF-1530, AWF-1531, AWF-1540, AWF-1541, AWF-2550, AWF-2551, AWF-3540 and AWF-3541


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Norge
1964 95 68mb $8.16
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Thumbnail Image of Download Early Frigidaire Double Rinse Washer Service Manual
Here is the earliest Frigidaire automatic washer service manual we have found. It is from 1949 for models WJ-60 (1947), WJ-60A (1947-48), WK-60 (1948), WL-60 (1949). Included is also the complete servicing supplement covering the 1950-1952 WO-65 washer. This service manual is very comprehensive including complete Unimatic transmission tear down and rebuild instructions.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1949 77 70mb $8.40
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Thumbnail Image of Download Mobile Maid Automatic Dishwasher Owners Manual
Complete Owners Manual and Operating Instructions to the '58 GE Mobile Maid Dishwasher.

"I'm Mobile Maid, your fine new GE dishwasher -- give me just ten minutes of your time now...I'll give you years of trouble-free service!"
Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1958 28 17mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download KitchenAid 4 Series Top-Loading Dishwasher Parts Catalog
Here is the complete parts list to all 4 series KitchenAid dishwashers. This includes illustrations of all parts and their part numbers necessary for doing a parts search on old, hard to find replacement parts.

Models include:
KD-4P
KDY-4P

Dishwashers
Published by:
KitchenAid
1963 16 8mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1980 General Electric Air Conditioners Brochure
Here is a sales brochure highlighting the entire line of 1980 GE Air Conditioners. Full detailed specifications included for each model.

Appliances highlighted:

Terminal Air Conditioners
Built-in Air Conditioners
Window Air-Conditioners
Air Conditioners
Published by:
General Electric
1980 6 8mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1988 Full-Size Stacked Washer and Dryer Brochure
Full brochure highlighting Maytag's electronic/touch-pad control stacked washer and dryer. Images and full specifications included.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1988 4 4mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Marquette Automatic Washer and Dryer
Brochures for the Gambles Automatic Washer and Dryer, made by Apex!


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Marquette (Gambles Stores)
1953 4 4mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1958 Frigidaire Electric Range Tech-Talk Service and Parts Manual
Very comprehensive service and full parts manual for all 1958 Frigidaire Electric Ranges. Models include:

RCI-75-58, RI-55-58, RD-71-58, RD-20-58, RS-10-58, RI-39-58, RD-39-58, RD-38-58, RS-30-58, RAW-4, RAW-3

Service manual includes wiring diagrams. Parts section shows all parts and part numbers. Having the manufacturers part number for the part you need is essential for doing internet/eBay searches to locate these rare, no longer available parts. In many circumstances they can be found once you know the part number. This guide is essential for anyone who has any vintage Frigidaire Range.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1958 140 86mb $9.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download ACCO Lawn Mower Sales Brochure
Here is a dealer sales brochure highlighting the 9 lawn mowers models available in the late 1950's from the American Chain and Cable company. Models include Rotary Lawn Mowers, Reel Lawn Mowers, Riding Lawn Mowers and manual push mowers.


Miscellaneous Housewares
Published by:
American Chain and Cable
1959 4 5mb $4.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Sunbeam Toaster Service Manual
Here are four Sunbeam Toaster service manuals all in one document.

#1 Model T-20 Radiant Control - 21 pages
Detailed operating and service information for Sunbeam's absolutely wonderful automatic bread lowering toaster. (1964)

#2 Models T-45, T-50, T-55, T-55A, T100S - 4 pages
Servicing Sunbeam Color Control Toasters. (1964)

#3 Models AT-B, AT-C, AT-F - 3 pages
Servicing Sunbeam Thinline Toasters (1969)

#4 Sunbeam Radiant Shade Control Toaster - 4 pages (1969)
Small Appliances
Published by:
Sunbeam
1964 32 20mb $7.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 Easy Automatic Washer Service Manual
This is one of the most comprehensive service manuals Easy produced for the last years of the Vela-Power line of Automatic Washers.

Models covered: ACM, ACM-S,ADM, ABM, ABM-A, ABM-S, ASM, ASM-A, ASM-S, APM and APM-A.

Sections include: Full Specifications for each model, Installation, Cycle of Operation Charts, Operation of Suds-Saver System, Recommended Tools, Dismantling Machines, Reassembly of Machines, Replacements of Parts, Transmission rebuilding, Test Procedures, Adjustments, Trouble Shooting, Wiring Diagrams, Parts Lists.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Easy
1964 92 57mb $6.84
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Thumbnail Image of Download The GE Review
The GE Review was an engineering magazine created to report on the advances of technology of the time, including advances in Home Appliances.

Articles in July 1952 issue...


Editorial: The Fourth of July

New Switchgear Laboratory Goes into Operation
Late last month on the flatlands of southwest Philadelphia, GE’s new high-capacity switchgear development laboratory was officially dedicated. With Company spokesmen looking ahead to an annual U.S. power consumption of possibly a trillion kw-hrs by 1965—more than triple the amount now being used—the new laboratory will aid in the development of switch- gear of higher ratings to keep pace with this phenomenal growth. continued…

Engineering the Automatic Washer
The automatic clothes washer is a simple device—to the housewife. She throws in the laundry, sets a control dial, and goes about her telephoning. A short time later she removes the laundry—washed and damp-dried.

Simply stated, the function of a domestic washing machine is to get the laundry clean, rinse out the detergent, and extract most of the water. For a third of the century these operations were performed with a machine in which the laundry was manually lifted from the tub and fed through a water- extraction device. Most of these devices were wringers, powered by the washing- machine motor. A limited number were the centrifugal-extraction type using the same or a separate tub. continued…

Stopping Ships
Even with modern navigating and communication aids there are times when things get out of hand and a collision ol ships appears imminent. The need for meeting this situation—rare though it may he—has an influence on the design of ships’ power plants.

Most large and fast ships are powered bv a steam turbine that drives the propeller through suitable gearing and shafting. The astern power that is used for stopping a ship is provided by a comparatively small separate section of the main turbine. The question immediately arises as to why the astern element can’t be given the same power as the ahead element. Well, it can. The simplest arrangement would he another turbine of the same size geared to drive the propeller backwards. continued…

Ferromagnetography
Contrary to general belief printing did not originate with Gutenberg; to the ancient Chinese belongs the credit. They made engravings—used mainly for printing on silk cloth—by carving figures out of wooden blocks. Later, around 1120 BC. they introduced wooden blocks of movable type.

Modern printing, on the other hand, began in the middle ages—about the year 1423. It was during this period that Johann Gutenberg, a German stonemason, had the idea of printing with movable type. So he set about his skill, cutting alphabets out of small wooden blocks to be used for typesetting. A friend advised him to use metal instead of wood, since it wouldn’t wear out so easily. This he did. As you can imagine, this task required many years and a large expenditure of money. He financed his operations by borrowing money on the type he’d already completed. Then, to prove to his creditors and the many cynics the worth of his efforts, he completely reproduced the Bible in print. continued…

Cool Breezes — Story of the Electric Fan
Fans preceded written history by many centuries. Some of the most ancient known fans were those of the Chinese dating back to 3000 BC. And ceremonial fans were used in 1700 BC by the reigning monarchs of Egypt and Assyria. Some thousand years later the "punkah" —a hand-swung lightweight ceiling-suspended fan—was introduced in India, and even today is still in use there.

From exquisitely made folding tans of the Japanese, followed by 17th century Paris creations of surpassing beauty, we come to the practical palm-leaf type and simpler folding fans of grandmother’s day.

It’s not possible to give the exact age of the electric fan—the youngest member of the ancient family of fans. But the earliest record of a U.S. patent awarded for an electric fan was in 1854. This was a ceiling-suspended assembly of several large fan blades, each hinged along one edge to a horizontal rotating arm driven by a battery-operated motor. Arms on the blades struck projections causing the blades to vibrate and thus agitate the air. continued…

Longer Life for Dry-type Transformers
Improvements in dry-type power transformers and their insulations is a good example of how electrical engineers are continually making progress in lengthening the life span of electric equipment and increasing its endurance to higher temperatures.

For many years insulations known as Class A were about the only ones available to the transformer designer. These insulations consisted of materials such as cotton, silk, or paper—impregnated with organic varnishes to give them additional mechanical and electrical strength. They were used in a medium of mineral oil or air. Such insulations were relatively inexpensive but a maximum allowable temperature limit of 105 C was necessary for reasonable life. continued…

The G10 Germanium Rectifier
In 1886 a German chemist by the name of Alexander Winkler found an unknown metal sulfide and isolated the element which he called germanium. It has a shiny metallic appearance, is extremely hard and brittle, and is recovered as a by-product in the smelting and refining of zinc ores.

Because germanium falls into group four of the periodic table, it has some of the chemical characteristics of the elements on either side of it. Germanium is both an electrical conductor and an electrical insulator, depending on its temperature, and is classed as a semiconductor. continued…

Nylon for Bearings and Gears
Although nylon is generally associated with such decorative items as stockings and sweaters, we have found that its versatility extends well into the fields of bearings, gears, and other workaday applications.
Nylon is tough at low7 temperatures, is resistant to abrasion, has strength in thin sections, is light in weight, has certain self-lubricating qualities, and is resistant to many chemicals. Properties are given in the table on the opposite page. Exact characteristics and specifications can be found in the literature put out by the manufacturers of nylon molding powders.

Bearing Tests - Of interest to design engineers is published data that shows the effect of wear on nylon when used as a bearing material. Results of tests using nylon against nylon, steel, and brass under various loads and speeds, and with various lubricants, are given on page 35. As you may suspect, the lowest rates of wear are found when nylon is run against nylon in a dry condition, as well as when nylon is run against steel lubricated with SAE 10 oil. When nylon is rubbed against brass, the metal flakes off and contaminates the hearing surface. continued…

The Unit Cost of Light
There’s more to figuring the cost of a lighting system than adding up the prices of fixtures, installation, and electricity. A tabulation of over-all annual costs that the customer may expect to pay appeals to the businessman, because it is expressed in his own language. Rut further analytical cost studies of operating and maintenance methods and lamp efficiencies may show you the way to worth-while savings or better lighting for the same expenditure.

To help you along this economic pathway a relatively simple formula has been devised. It is referred to as the "unit cost of light” method. In its most flexible form it deals with the raw light as generated by the lamps in just one fixture. Then, once the unit cost of light in dollars per million lumen hours is known, you can easily apply it to a specific installation if over-all costs are also desired. continued…

Added Kick for Turbojet Engines
Getting an 80-ton airplane into the air in a matter of seconds is no easy job. The problem is one of providing more than normal maximum thrust or "kick” at take-off. In the case of B-45 and B-47 jet bombers, their power plants (J-47 turbojet engines—one is shown on the adjacent page) were equipped with combustion-chamber water-alcohol injection systems for augmenting thrust.

Variations of these systems boost the take-off thrust from 15 to 25 percent or higher. As a result, heavy jet-powered aircraft can take off from minimum- length runways with maximum safety. continued…

Are We Ready for Railroad Electrification in the U. S.? .
Admittedly, widespread electrification in I lie United States is not just around the corner. Rut there is an element in the cost of railroad electrification and in the success of operation through the ensuing years that can not be settled too soon. This all-important factor is standardization. And standardization is so important primarily because it permits repetitive manufacture. Standardization, of course, offers other advantages that may be more familiar, but every day brings new evidence that a custom-designed article built in a job shop cannot compete with a highly engineered item produced under conditions of repetitive manufacture.

It is time for all who may have a hand in railroad electrification in the United States to start sifting out the alternatives and to find agreement on what may be the standard system of electrification in this country. Let us speak briefly about the prospects of electrification and [hen expand the theme of standardization. continued…

A Brightening Outlook - When will we see railroad electrification resumed in the United States? The answer depends largely on costs, with the cost of fuel or energy being a big part of the expense of locomotive operation.

When we compare the cost of diesel fuel with the cost of purchased electric power at the figures current today, we find them roughly equivalent. We are speaking, of course, of gallons of fuel oil or kilowatt-hours of electricity at the locomotive. As long as power costs in these two forms are even approximately equal, it is obvious that the diesel- electric locomotive with its lower investment is the correct answer for new installations. At the same time this approximate equality tells us that extensive electrified systems already installed should continue to be operated. continued…

New Safeguard for Protective Coatings
You can best define a plastics material as a synthetic organic substance. At some stage of production it’s plastic— capable of being shaped; or liquid— capable of being cast. Furthermore, it’s either thermoplastic or thermosetting. If thermoplastic, it softens under heat and can he remolded. If thermosetting, it sets under heat and can’t be remolded.

Phenolic materials are thermosetting plastics. And from practically the outset of the industry they’ve enjoyed an ever- expanding market. They take many and various forms. Probably the most familiar to you are radio cabinets, telephone handsets, buttons, tube bases, mechanical parts, and so on. continued…

Dollar-sign Engineering
The photo sequence beginning on the next page will show you how a value analyst operates—step by step—on a typical project. Here, it’s the timer for the automatic clothes washer. Because space doesn't permit us to show the results of the analysis on every part of the timer, we have selected one part as being typical. (In the actual project more than 30 individual parts of the timer were analyzed for value.)

It should be emphasized that nothing was wrong with the timer when we approached the Value Analysis Unit and requested a survey. The timer operated satisfactorily and costs were in line with similar products. But. as is the case with far-sighted management, they wanted to see if it wasn’t possible to further eliminate any unnecessary costs. continued…

Moisture vs Rubber Insulation
Although rubber compounds are used to waterproof such everyday items as overshoes, raincoats, and garden hoses, rubber compounds in general can’t be considered waterproof when used as an insulation for wire and cable.

What works on raincoats may not work on cables—the basic differences are: length of exposure; effect of moisture on the electrical properties. Cables insulated with rubber compounds must withstand years of continual exposure with a consequent absorption of moisture. And moisture absorption has proved to be a contributing factor in cable failures. continued…
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Brochures showing off the ABC Wringer Washer model 409, another highlighting all the sturdy features of ABC wringer washer gear cases and finally a brochure touting all the features of the ABC Ironer.


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Complete service manual for the L-9 Westinghouse Laundromat slant-front (front-loading) automatic washers.


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Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to all Hotpoint electric ranges from the early 1950's.

Models include: RD7, RD6, RC14,RB36, RB38, RB39, RB34, RB30.

Now THAT YOU are the proud owner of a new Hotpoint Automatic Electric Range, we know you are thrilled with its beauty, its many wonderful features . . . and you can’t wait to start cooking! And when you use and care for your new range in the best way possible, you will enjoy all of its features and advantages more . . . and more!

Behind this new Hotpoint Range are priceless knowledge and experience gained in almost fifty years of manufacturing world-famous electric appliances for the home. It took insight, ingenuity, and vision to design this new range for you — it took years of study, experimentation, and the building of the world’s largest range factory to make possible its production.

Your new Hotpoint Automatic Electric Range will make cooking easier for you ... much less time-consuming! And that’s not all — you’ll discover that cooking is jun with your new Hotpoint Electric Range . . . preparing the family meals will be an exciting adventure from now on!

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Comprehensive service manual for Whirlpool automatic washers from 1966 thru 1968. Includes supplements for the later models.

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Comprehensive service manual to 1962 Blackstone automatic washers models WAD-62-82 and WAD-62-92.

Sections include: Descriptions, Specifications, Timer Cycle Diagrams, Inspection, Uncrating, Installation, Service of Cabinet, Tub and Tank Assemblies, Service of Electrical Systems, Service of Mechanical Systems, Troubleshooting and full parts manual.
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Beautiful brochures with full specifications on the 1955 line of Admiral Table, Clock and Portable radios.


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Full owners manual and operating instructions packed with every 1959 Philco "Automagic" Dryer. Models include DE-698, DE-696, DE-692.


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Here is a compilation of service and parts manual cover art showing many models of JCPenny Clothes Dryers. Models from the mid 1960's through the early 1970's.


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